Prince of Blades
Planetary: Neptune (Above) / Mars (Below)
Diamond Path: Kether, Crown (Above) / Gevurah, Severity (Below)
Geomantic Figure: Amissio
Tetragram: Air (Above) / Air (Below)
Keywords: LOGOS, Ideas, Sinister Knowledge, Intensity, Sentience, Warrior, Precision, Control. Divine Inspiration, Symbology, Scrying, Military Success, Strategy esp. War
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Sadistic, Obstinancy, Harsh, Devilish, Poison, esp. as a weapon of Murder
Historical: Ogier the Dane or Hogier Son of King Geoffrey of Denmark, is the traditional historical Knave of this card, a Knight of Charlemagne, (King of Cups) one of the so-called twelve Paladins who represent Christian valor, he is popularized in the Chevalerie d’Ogier de Danemarch and the Chans de Rolande, or The Song of Roland (1040 AD). These stories are set in the Carolingean era, where Charlemagne is fighting Muslims in Spain. Hogier is an enemy of Charlemagne who becomes his friend and unites with him against the Muslims. It is the oldest surviving piece of French literature. (Contrast this with the oldest literature in the world, from Babylon, the Enum Elish, dated to the 7th century B.C.E and this reveals that much of French history is sadly lost.) Ogier leads the third column of Charlemagnes army into battle against the Muslims.
In the Pierpont Morgan-Bergamo Visconti-Sforza, he is riding a white horse. He is a gayly clad knight in a pink cape trimmed with white fur. A whole tail’s worth of peacock feathers decorate his hat, and he is the only knight who has a hat. This could indicate the flowering splendor of a sparkling mind, and given the intelligent occult symbolism in the Visconti this is highly likely. He holds a shield, and this was believed to have originally displayed the Visconti lion or serpent.
Golden Dawn: Called The Knight of Swords Prince of the Chariots of the Winds, the King of Swords card corresponds to the zodiacals Capricorn and Aquarius and places at Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system.
Almost invariably shown travelling or moving in some way, this Knight will be up in the clouds or sky, in a lofty position. He has a sword of course, and may carry a sickle. Two crowned, naked, and winged children may draw him in a chariot instead of him being mounted, and they will carry a wand in their hands.
Thoth: Crowley included the children of the GD, but increased their number to three. He uses the Prince title instead of Knight. The geometry of the card is excited and bright, and he is on the attack with a sword and poniard. The Pythagorean triangle and the equilateral triangle are shown. In the center of his chariot is an octahedron, which represents the element of air.
Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The Prince of Blades takes a steep Left-Hand path dive on The Hidden Diamond Sutra from Chokmah, the Father, to Hod, traditional sphere of Hermes or Mercury, a vibrant and electric Sephiroth on the female pillar . The the archetype of Abraxas was seen as ultimately the best choice for the Prince of Blades.
The turbulent lifting action of Yin balanced with Yang is seen in the tetragram’s arrangement, Air on top of Air in the bigrammal summary. The nuclears reveal Li and K’an the Abyssmal, hinting at perfect primordial symmetry. This is the heir apparent first son to the Mother and Father, to be punny…
The European Geomantic character resembles a fish, and while almost all of the names of the old sixteen signs are terrible and degraded from the work of earlier and better occultists who were swept into the disaster of the Dark Ages of Christianity, the old name will have to do as renaming them to something more noble and suited to their lofty elemental stature will only serve to confuse. Revisionism is the bane of syncreticism. Here in this tarot it was our hope merely to draw attention to their interesting parallel with Eastern magick in the sixteen Tetragrams.
Ouranos in the above and Mercury in the below lead to the conclusion that this character is going to be smart, and excel in strategic warfare, business and solving problems.
Scene: ΑΒΡΑΣΑΞ (Abrasax, Abraxas) is a very important occult symbol and archetype, who dates back to Ancient Greece and Ancient Israel in his most commonly recognized form, and to Sumer in his proto form as the minor deities Istaran and Nirah one or the other (father and son) who take the same form as a man with serpent’s legs who were subsumed into the Ninazu-Ningishzidda cult, lending more credence to his legitimacy as a the presiding deity of the Hebrew people, even though the origin point is often given as being much later than Abraham, in Alexandria. The cock’s head, man’s body and two serpents connected to his body which holds a whip and a shield represents the concept of true monotheism where opposites are joined into one Godhead, with Devil unopposed to God like it is in Judaism, the only true monotheism in the world today.
He is known as a god of war and a All Father-Progenitor. The Cock’s head is derived from the Hebrew word for “Experienced Warrior” Gibor, which also means Man and Cock in the Hebrew language. The numerical value of the Greek word is 365, (1+2+100+1+200+1+60=365) making him a Solar or Stellar God connected to the Sol rotation of Terra.
Occasionally the God is equated to the lion headed AEON, who is present on our Hierophant card and also often ends in a serpent.
I didn’t know about any of this when I received my first major initiation experience but there were serpent, lion, scorpion and phoenix all presented by the vision so it does seem like the way it likes to manifest. I don’t rely on the accounts of others when dealing with such important issues, however the ancients do have the most experience when it comes to identifying certain currents. That Budge presumed that Abrasax was the Adam Kadmon itself is not insignificant. It would be appropriate to call him the King of the Stars and He Who Orders the Stars in their Place.
It appears to me that the Abrasax symbology is perfectly synchronized with the Ra Hoor Khut phenomenon, who is obviously an Experienced Warrior par excellence.
Abrasax is connected with LOGOS and manifestation and dissemination of information is his calling card, in everything from the Muses to libraries, radio, television, internet and so forth. The information itself is not as peculiar to him as the media of communication and its backbone, that is code, language and written word.
The card had another painting for it altogether, which is present in the three packs produced by Robert Phillips of MythMath Studios, and this features a cool green man with a purple mohawk and his two dragonfly companions.
As with all of the Prince cards he has his two companions, the serpents, but one of the dragonflies was left in as it is a suitable symbol for air. One snake is quite hostile and evil, while the other merely watches, and flicks out its tongue curiously, these are the serpents of duality Abrasax is so famous for uniting. The dragonfly is also the King of the Insects.
In his right hand, the rest of its black leather length just out of sight, is his infamous whip, a cat-o-nine tails. Around him swirl ideas, and these are the very seeds of consciousness in their loftiness. From left to right, clockwise: all of the binary trigrams, the Sephiroth, the Lo Shu with its nine ternary bigrams, the Taijitu or “Yin-Yang”, a crop circle design, and on his shoulder, the Sigil of Saturn from the Lo Shu, on his chest, the TwinStar, and finally the Hidden Diamond Sutra. Below is the Merkabah, a link to The Chariot.
The dark planet behind him represents the material plane. Here is a link to the purity of the Ace of Blades as well.
Geomantic: Called Amissio (Latin for *Loss*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a youthful Masculine/Analytical character corresponding to the qabbalistic Yetzirah (Formation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds.
Jungian Type: Rationals Class / ENTP (Inventor) Type
Clever and witty, the ENTP is a master of improvisation and innovation in creatively attacking problems. They are not as interested in solving a problem so much as the process of solving it. They are adept at debate, thinking and speaking quickly. They are motivated by the desire to change the world for the better. Their ideas tend to focus on harnessing resources to an end goal.